Saturday, 7 January 2012

How you know you are addicted to baking.... Plus: Spiced Honey Cake

You know you are addicted to baking when....

  • 75% of your disposable income is spent on eggs, flour and sugar

  • Your local corner shop had started stocking baking powder...just for you

  • You plan your weekend activities around the timings for your sourdough starter

  • Your nighttime reading of the latest Cooper/Grisham/Rowling (delete as appropriate) is replaced by Oliver/Lawson/Slater (ditto). Booker Prize? What Booker Prize? Gourmand Cookbook of the Year Prize more like it

  • When you bring alcohol rather than cake to a dinner party your friends look at you aghast and immediately check your vital signs

  • You lie awake at night worrying that your oven may spontaneously combust due to over-use

  • Your Christmas list consisted solely of the Top 10 cookbooks on Amazon and a new spatula

  • You find any excuse to get in the kitchen and bake...

This bake was inspired by my recent attendance at CafeDirect Coffee and Food Matching Evening and the Spiced Vanilla and Honey Cake made by 21st Century Housewife and Rhubarb and Rose

In turn they adapted the cake from Smitten Kitchen's Majestic and Moist Honey Cake. So many reincarnations. Clark Kent, eat your heart out. 

Spiced Honey Cake


1¾ cups plain flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
¼ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons mixed spice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ cup vegetable oil
½  cup runny honey
¾ cups golden caster sugar
¼ cup soft brown sugar
2 medium eggs at room temperature

½ cup warm coffee or tea
¼ cup orange juice
For the icing:
half a cup icing sugar
1 tsp clear honey
1 tsp water

1. Preheat oven to 350F/180C/170C  fan
2. Grease and flour an 8” round tin.  
3. Sift together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt and mixed spice in a large bowl and set aside
4. In a second bowl whisk together all the remaining ingredients thoroughly.
5. Add the 'wet' ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix with an electric mixer on a slow speed. It should resemble a lovely thick, well-blended batter
6. Spoon the batter into the prepared tin tin and bake for 40 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean 
7. Once removed from the oven allow to cool for 10-15 minutes before removing from the tin onto a wire rack to finish cooling
8. When completed cooled, make the icing by sifting the icing sugar into a bowl and whisking in the honey and water to create a smooth glaze. Drizzle over the cake.
Baker's notes...
  • This is a really tasty, moist cake, perfect with a cuppa. It lasts well for a few days stored in an airtight container
  • Any other symptoms of being addicted to baking? And more importantly what is the solution? Is there one?!


  1. Other symptoms of being addicted to baking:
    - being more interested in baking an item than eating it...
    - having more different types of flour than your local supermarket stocks...
    - wanting to bake in spite of knowing there is no-one to share it with and the freezer is so full that there isn't even any way you can rearrange things in there to make room for just a bit more cake...
    - your prowess/notoriety as a baker precedes you when you move department at work...
    - you sometimes can't decide what to bake because there's so much on your list-to-bake that you don't know where to start...
    - Sunday dinner has to be cooked on the hob because the oven is always full of cakes at the wrong time...
    Just me? Thought not!!!
    Nice post - I made a honey cake recently, although not to this recipe. Perhaps new year and honey are somehow linked!

  2. Hear hear !!
    So true!!
    Sorry, I have to get back to my kitchen... Cinnamon rolls awaiting!

  3. In our kitchen we have 'the cupboard of doom'. It is so full of baking tins that my husband refuses to open it for fear of injury from one of said tins falling out as they always do! Your cake looks fab.

  4. Great post. I totally agree with all of the above.
    I'm a self-confessed baking addict! A few more to add
    - you have no space in your kitchen due to baking paraphernalia taking over
    - you buy ingredients that look interesting and think 'I can bake something with it later'
    - you feel that a part of you has died when your oven breaks down!
    Love the cake too - looks absolutely delicious. On that note, I'm off to bake er I mean to dinner (but will be thinking about what to bake next)

  5. Yes! That's me too Kate!! I too am a baking addict......I think, dream, talk, eat and bake cake......Lol!
    GREAT post darlink!

  6. Haha- I LOVE everyone's thoughts on this most serious of afflictions! Keep 'em coming... But is there a cure?! Do we need a cure? Or should embrace all things baked??

  7. You know you're an addict when...... ALL your christmas stocking fillers were baking related things and your co workers make you a badge saying "cake obsessed". Like Misscakebaker my mum and I have a "cupboard of doom".

    I'm quite happy with the affliction. Embrace all things baked I say!

    Delicious looking cake, Kate and a fun post!

  8. How about when you get to choose your Christmas present from your parents and you pick a nutmeg grater?

  9. I think we all need counceling... should we start BA.. Baking Anonymous..?... love the honey cake... honey in anything is a wonderful thing x

  10. I must be in rehab! Since my Mother In Law passed away I've lost my mojo but I am hoping it returns with its usual zeal soon ;0(
    In the meantime though I am more than happy to drool over everybody else's offerings ;0)
    Fab looking cake.

  11. Oh Kate you write so well and struck such a chord with me I could hardly contain myself for laughing...and the replies are great too!
    To add a few more...
    - everytime your grandchildren see you they say 'cake' to you as its one of their first words!!
    - you can't move house for fear a new kitchen won't hold all your baking gear.
    - people introduce you by name and then go on about your cakes (I've got an ology you know!!!)
    - you find yourself in the baking aisle in foreign supermarkets when on holiday abroad.
    - you have a range of sprinkles to rival the Hummingbird bakery.

  12. Absolutely YES to everyone of your questions - and what a fantastic cake - so delicious
    Mary x

  13. Great post! I can relate to some. lol

  14. It's a good thing to be so addicted to baking. You must be loved by all your friends & family for it! And you are so good at it so why not. This cake sounds totally yummy too xx

  15. Ha ha I love this Kate, it made me laugh so much. I have started buying flour by the 20kg bag, do I get into BA?

  16. This looks delicious - I must try this!! Your blog is adorable - I will be back soon :) Lucie x

  17. how about when you're about to fail all your MSc exams cause you spent the past 2 weeks baking and blogging about baking rather than revising!! Man, I wish my MSc was in baking! I love your list too, especially that your local corner shop stocks baking powder just for you - only in Wales right?! Spiced honey cake - what a wintery delight - yum!

  18. Hahaha, I love your baking addiction signs, I recognise a few of them! This recipe made a voice in my head shout "2 EGGS ALERT 2 EGGS ALERT" as I have 2 eggs left and have been looking for something to make with them... this is one of my life rules - if there are eggs in the fridge, I must bake. Unfortunately I've spent so much time wondering what to make with them I've run out of time to actually do it! Loving the cupboard of doom mentioned earlier, I am cultivating one of them myself!


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